Designated Charity

Our designated Charity’s 2022   

Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Our branch is run by volunteers and we cover Horsham, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath to Burgess Hill and the Surrey areas of Horley and Smallfield, plus the villages in between. 

We are part of the national charity, The MND Association, and aim to provide our members with local and personal support by way of, support from trained Association Visitors, run regular social events at The Ark Community Centre, Turners Hill, to which our members living with MND, their carers, friends & family are invited. We also fundraise to be able to provide financial help for people with MND and their carers in our area, as well as support national research.

Motor neurone disease (MND) affects the nerves called motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. These nerves tell the muscles what to do. When motor neurones are damaged, it can affect the way the body works. With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how people walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.
MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.

Canine Partners

Canine partners are carefully matched to the applicants’ needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and closing doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and fetching help in an emergency. They can even help people to get undressed and remove a card from an ATM!

Canine Partners relies on donations and legacies to fund the creation of its life-transforming partnerships.

We were founded in 1990 and since then we have created hundreds of partnerships. Your generous donations help us to train and partner our dogs with individuals on our waiting list.